January has traditionally been known as the best time to purchase bed linens and towels and, since 1860, the Italian brand Frette has been providing luxurious bed linens, bath towels, home accessories, and loungewear. Frette linens can be found in the finest hotels worldwide, and their linens were also used on the Titanic and the Orient Express – that’s some history for you!
I’ve long lusted over the beautiful bedding from Frette. There’s nothing like getting into a freshly made bed, with soft, crisp linens and buttery blankets. Quality always trumps quantity for me, and I’d rather invest my hard-earned money into something that will last and is truly beautiful. View Post
When I need something for my house, the first place I look is always Simple Human. Their designs are sleek, modern, and uber practical, especially for our family. I love the look of their items, with their sleek and fingerprint-proof stainless steel, and the durability can’t be beat.
I was looking for a solution to our garbage and recycling issues. I really wish I had taken a “before” picture to show you what a mess that corner used to be. A garbage bin with no lid and a bright blue recycling box overflowing with cardboard, paper, and cans. It was a disaster! I avoided looking at that corner, and if friends came over I would try to hide everything in the closet!
Solution? The Simple Human 48-Litre Steel Bar Recycler. Durable enough for a family, practical enough to hold all my waste and recycling in one beautiful steel container. View Post
Kids furniture should be durable, stylish, and affordable, and the ‘green’ choices at BuyGreen.com are also eco-friendly! I have a really tough time finding furniture for my kids – it’s either over-priced or cheaply made, and I certainly don’t want to spent a ton of money on furniture that will likely be turned into art by way of crayons and highlighters! I try to find used furniture pieces to add to my home, sometimes refurbishing an item can give it a new life in a home! However, it isn’t exactly affordable purchasing a used piece of ‘modern’ furniture (if it has ‘mid-century’ in the title, watch for extra zero’s added!).
I am always scouring the BuyGreen site for items that are needed in my home – this online shop has absolutely everything eco-friendly including clothing, health and beauty products, items for your office, and even furniture! I was super curious about the line of WayBasics furniture made of zBoards, which claims to be the ‘World’s Easiest Assembly’, and uses no tools to put their furniture together.
The prices were very affordable and the modular cube storage was modern and fun! The shelving is light-weight but strong, each shelf can still hold about 50 pounds of weight. After some long decision making, we finally chose the Madison Bookcase for my daughter’s room (which BuyGreen supplied to us for review – thank you!). Since moving, we still hadn’t completed her bedroom (…it’s only been 5 months!) and it was difficult for her to keep her room clean and tidy. See the before picture after the jump! View Post
I look forward to the Interior Design Show every year and have been going since I was a young twenty-something in Toronto, trying to design our first home. Much has changed since then, in my own life and in the design world, but I can always be sure to find something that just about blows my mind at IDSwest.
The 10th anniversary of the IDSWest did NOT disappoint, there was so much to take in, a pleasant assault on the senses if you will – every booth was more intriguing than the last, each one offering something beautiful to see, something incredible to feel and touch, and the bar never lets me down with their selection of craft beers and Prosecco to taste! View Post
A glance outside my window proves that autumn is boldly on its’ way – the leaves have started to change and some have already fallen due to the boisterous winds. The winds have even caused a small birch tree on our property to fall down – it’s small in comparison to the massive maple and spruce trees that surround our home, but it’s a 25 foot tall tree that’s fallen on our pathway. Coffee first, tree second.
This weather is making me crave cozy sweaters, knee-high boots, and knit hats. Eating dinners lit by candlelight, warm apple cider, comfy blankets and my tootsies warm in fuzzy slippers. All that’s missing is a fireplace… We had built this home with the intention of putting in a wood-burning fireplace on the upper floor, the only real form of heating for the upstairs area.
I am very excited to share my new home office with you. I have been waiting for a space to call my own for years and am so delighted with the way it turned out!
I spent months poring over home office inspiration, and I was so undecided about whether I wanted to spend a lot of money on a desk or if I should just buy something inexpensive. In the end my wallet won, and a trip to Ikea later, I had most of my home office ready to be put together! View Post
A side table has many uses – a place for books and magazines, a perch for your plant, a catch-all for mail and keys, or a nearby spot to place a drink – and sometimes it can be an afterthought in your overall design. Although an accent table is small, when the right design is chosen to complement your space, it can make a huge impact to your home decor.
Choosing an accent table that is mirrored, glass, chrome, or glossy brings a reflective quality to your room, adds a bit of sparkle and shine, and gives the appearance of a larger space. I’m a big fan of nesting tables because they add so much visual interest to your space, and the decorating ideas are endless!
When I was asked by Staples Canada to check out their furniture selection, I simply thought that they sold office furniture. But I quickly discovered patio sets, living room furniture, dining tables and chairs – who knew that they have so much more? They have so many trendy accent tables – from contemporary designs, industrial looking pieces, reclaimed wood and mirrored and glass finishes. View Post